Feb 7, 2013 6:30pm EST
listen. here's abc's steve osunsami. ♪ i'm proud to be a coal miner's daughter ♪ >> reporter: she's proof that there's big talent in small places. 21-year-old kayla sloan was toiling away in the checkout lane at this walmart in west virginia, when a customer noticed her singing a tune, and then pulled out an iphone to record the magic. little did she know the video would catch fire on the internet. this is coal mining country. her husband's a coal miner, her grandfather, too. and today she told us she's had big dreams for years, but never thought there's any chance they could come true. >> i never thought that it would make it that far. i honestly thought that you know, people would see me and enjoy it, but as far as it making it that far, i never even dreamed. i'm hoping to be on the grand ole opry. ♪ take the ribbons from my hair ♪ >> reporter: when she was 15, she and her brother cobbled together what little they had to record this homemade album that no one heard. but now she's a hit. at least in the mountains. and certainly at the walmart she calls her second home. ♪ we w
Feb 4, 2013 6:30pm EST
" has an impossibly happy ending. abc's steve osunsami on a big football star, the woman who adopted him and the dream they didn't even dare to dream. >> reporter: it was a powerful moment. >> we just both darted for each other and he picked me up. >> reporter: this picture of an emotional leigh ann touhy huggin her adopted son "big mike" who some neighbors felt that she and her family should never have taken in. >> he was so excited, and i was just sobbing. i mean, i was absolutely sobbing. >> reporter: and now he's a super bowl champion. >> we won the super bowl! >> dreams do come true. >> reporter: theirs is the true story behind the film "the blind side." where sandra bullock won an oscar for her portrayal of a white mother who reached past her comfort zone to lift up a young black teenager from a broken home. >> he is your family, michael. you have to protect them from those guys. >> reporter: the actress had seats at the game and dressed her son in oher's jersey. today, on their drive back home to memphis the real leigh anne told us she loves michael just as much as her biologi
Jan 31, 2013 5:30pm PST
tornado, believed to have had winds of 160 miles per hour in adairsville, georgia. abc's steve osunsami visited with danny and katherine welch, sifting through what was left of their home. >> i found this one that has all of our names on it and my kids' names. >> reporter: daddy. that's you. >> reporter: the same vicious cold front brought spring-like floods that washed out roads in north carolina. >> when the levee or whatever broke loose, there was trash, there were limbs, even saw a tire was floating by. >> reporter: in parts of maryland, two to six inches of rain fell, making it a morning full of rescues. and then there was that wind. wind gusted over 70 miles per hour in connecticut, taking down power lines and trees. diane, i wanted to go back to that image inside the detroit whiteout today. now, if this happens, the recommendation is to gradually slow down, turn on your flashers and if you can get off the highway, do so. diane? >> again, you have to act fast. thank you so much, ginger zee reporting in tonight. >>> and now, in washington today, one man entered the arena.
Feb 5, 2013 6:30pm EST
and area tracking devices, arresting 16 laser pointers in the last year and a half. chief pilot steve robertson was attacked himself, suffering two burned corneas. >> you take the vision from a pilot, that aircraft's ability to land is greatly compromising. >> reporter: on the lookout for a light that blinds, rather than illuminates. jim avila, abc news, washington. >>> and now, we want to tell you about a great american athlete who took another tough tumble today. lindsey vonn, the comeback kid who won the big downhill race in the 2010 olympics, even though she's crashed and had to bounce back so often in her career. well, guess what? tonight, she has to do it again. this is her today, over her skis, crashing down a mountain in austria. watch it again, as we slow it down. she crumples, right there, after the landing, on her right knee and tears two ligaments. she'll need surgery. she was air lifted away. >>> and one more headline out of the sports world tonight. the super bowl. new documents released today showed that even before the big game, superdome officials were so worried abou